COVID-19 has disproportionately infected and killed people of color, causing many health care leaders to renew their focus on racism’s role in social determinants of health (SDOH). Since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police and Black Lives Matter protests took over America’s streets, the conversation about racism in health care has become even more urgent. Experts and policymakers say payers can help battle racism and SDOH by partnering with organizations rooted in communities of color — and improve insurance business outcomes by doing so.
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